One of my clients had written their own realtime monitoring system for their industrial process, it works great except for the fact that it is only usable on the one PC and this is often not ideally located for the users. They needed a realtime distributed monitoring system.
getWaiter! is a service to provide better service to bar, restaurant and hotel customers while providing valuable performance information back to the venues management. A unique code is present on each of the service points (table, room etc) that the customers will scan and then presented with a series of buttons to call various actions, call the waiter for example. This action is then displayed on a terminal situated where the venues staff can see this and respond.
While the electronics and software are the bulk of my career they are not everything I can do. Having worked for many types of company, both big and small across many areas I have picked up a few other bits and pieces along the way. Being of the practical type new stuff comes relatively easy and I'm always up for learning something new.
I grew up in the seventies computers were big, very expensive and not for the masses, the home computer revolution had not yet begun. The most technologically advanced thing in the home was the TV remote control to select one of the four channels! The closest I had come to a computer was a teletype terminal at school hooked up to some magical box through the telephone handset. It was 1980, things were about to change!
Electronics has always been my passion remains one of the core parts of what I do. Over the years software has played an ever increasing part of this work and these both now form the bulk of the work I have done and continue to do.
One of my clients wanted to offer a simple low cost inspection system to one of their end users. A traditional low cost inspection system would cost several thousands of pounds, they were aiming at several hundred, what about using a tablet?
The next phase has been completed, we are now collecting multiple temperature points from around the home, logging them to a MySQL server and have a basic web page to view the results.
Did you know that when you walk in to many high street stores and shopping centres (malls) there is a good chance you are being anonymously counted? I previously worked for one of the pioneers in footfall counting SPSL, now part of Ipsos.
I have been dabbling in the 'Internet of Things' for a while and have finally decided to monitor some 'things' around home. I looked around at several off the shelf items as well as a few DIY type offerings (i.e. Open Energy Monitor) but found them to be to exclusive, to expensive, to power hungry, to big or just not quite right. As I want to monitor lots of things (not sure what yet, but have lots of ideas) cost is important and so decided to do my own DIY job!